Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Jerry watches YouTube travel videos and wants to know if you can embed GPS coordinates for Google Earth into a video like you can with a still image. Leo says that YouTube would have to support it. YouTube recently allowed notes linked to the timecode of a video, so it's possible. If the person making the video wanted to take the time to use that feature, it's possible.
Chris joins Leo to talk about the properties of light in photography. Color is a property of light that expresses the mood of the light. Blue is cold, red is hot. Color can strengthen a mood. Sunsets can look warmer, even in colder light, which gets subdued as the sun slips to the horizon.
Direction. Light direction changes as the sun moves. It can also set the mood through shadow.
Soft vs. Hard. Hard shadows can also review what the size of the light source is. It's called a point light source.
This week, Chris wants to talk about Transparency in photography.
Water is a good example. Water is transparent, but the deeper it gets, the blacker because the light fails to reach deeper. Reflection can also affect water due to how shallow the angle is.
Ice is frozen water and it can be transparent. But the thicker it is, the darker because no reflections come from the bottom.
If you want to see deeper, eliminate reflections with a polarizer. It'll also make your colors bolder.
Jacob wants to get a new home studio for hosting horror movies online. Leo says that's a great idea! Leo says that the Roland Vocoder is perfect for reproducing voice. If he needs to upgrade, how consistent will the voices be? Leo says that reproducibility is a high priority as you move from generation to generation. Singers would need to have that same sound every time. So the same effects will be similar.
Chris Marquardt is back and this week's new photographic concept is Balance. Balance is the perceived visual weight in the frame. If a photo is balanced, it will bring the image stability and harmony. It's the cousin of symmetry. A photo can be balanced, but not symmetrical. But a symmetrical photo is balanced. You can also add weight to an image with contrast, or where you place the subject in the image.
Here are photos to go along with the concept of balance:
Chris joins Leo to talk about five exercises you can do to train your eye and become a better photographer.
1. Only take pictures of or from the ground for one entire day.
2. Take more photos. Every time you take a picture of something, take ten. From various angles and distances. Do this for an entire day. Photographers call this "working the scene."
3. Only shoot black and white for an entire day. Set your camera to black and white, or use B&W filters built into the camera, especially smartphones.
Alan wants to back up his phone photos. What's the best option? Leo says that for phone pictures, The Google Photos app is the best option because he can get unlimited HiRes photo backups directly from the phone. And it can be done automatically. Once users have them online, if he wants them back, he can use Google Takeout to download them, plus anything else he's done using Google services.
If an Amazon Prime user, back up photos for free in the same way, only they can be full resolution copies.
Then there's an off-site backup option like iDrive.
Tony has a lot of slides and images to scan. He bought a Brother scanner to do it, but the quality isn't that good. Leo says that Scanners are much better now, with up to 1200 DPI available. Leo recommends the Epson Fast Foto, it has a sheet feed to scan prints. About $600. But you likely have everything you need with a decent digital camera. Set up an easel and put your image on it. Have some ambient light. And then just take the picture one at a time. Slides, on the other hand, is another issue. It needs backlit lighting to illuminate the slide image.
Chris is going to be teaching at the annual Out of Chicago In Depth Photography conference next week. And this year, it's all virtual, so anyone can attend. Cost is $400 and there are over 30 sessions, with two instructors tag-teaming each session. Use the promo code "CHRIS" for $50 off.